After much debate our forefathers decided that our country would be a Representative Republic instead of a theocracy or monarchy. If our forefathers had intended for us not to have separation of church and state, they wouldn’t have given us free speech.

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from promoting religion. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. The right of freedom of speech was given to us by our Forefathers in the Bill of Rights. Free speech is an inalienable right. (Inalienable- not able to be taken away or given away by the possessor).

A theocracies rules and customs are based on a particular religion. For example, if the United States were a theocracy, it would be mandatory to go to church on Sundays. It would be illegal to not believe in God or to believe in other gods. The only right you would have, is what’s preached by the church. You’d have no rights including freedom of speech, moreover, especially and specifically free speech. Anyone who knows anything about recorded history knows that theocracies have always been very intrusive. The reasons are obvious why free speech is always forbidden in theocracies.

If we didn’t have freedom of speech, there would be no opinion letters. There would be no newspapers. There would be no Fox “news” channel which would be one of the very few positives that came from having no freedom of speech in my opinion. Okay that was a bad joke, but without freedom of speech there would be no jokes.

“We do not want to live in a theocracy. We should maintain that barrier and government has no business telling someone what they ought to believe or how they should conduct their lives.” Robert Reich

My right to speak freely is inalienable as is my right to not believe in your religion. Either live with it, or colonize Antarctica and create yourself a theocracy. Our forefathers emphatically opposed America becoming a theocracy.

Ron Hurst

Nacogdoches

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